Ten Hag could send Maguire packing with Man United move for “outstanding” £26m-rated gem

Ten Hag could send Maguire packing with Man United move for “outstanding” £26m-rated gem

The focus on potential center-back signings for this summer has decreased as Manchester United’s attention is directed towards finding a new center-forward and showing interest in Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat.

Erik ten Hag currently has players like Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, and Victor Lindelof available in that position, as well as the versatile Luke Shaw. However, if former captain Harry Maguire departs, there may be a need for a new center-back.

Maguire, who has been linked to a transfer to West Ham United, lost the captaincy last season after facing a decline in his starting role, featuring in only eight Premier League games.

Recent transfer rumors suggest that Ten Hag is keen on bringing Real Madrid’s David Alaba to Manchester United this summer. Spanish sources claim that the former Ajax manager is “obsessed” with the idea and that there might already be a “pre-agreement” in place between the two parties.

Alaba, who joined Madrid from Bayern Munich in 2021, has showcased his abilities as a left-back and center-back. He could potentially serve as an upgrade over Maguire in the center-back position and is also recognized as an outstanding option at full-back by former teammate Joshua Kimmich.

Ten Hag has expressed a preference for left-footed players due to their better angles in possession, making Alaba an appealing option in the center of defense.

Alaba’s stats suggest that he excels in playing out from the back and offers a greater attacking threat compared to Maguire, as evidenced by his high rankings in assists and shot-creating actions among players in his position in Europe’s top five leagues.

The hope is that Alaba’s success will have a positive influence on Manchester United, considering his winning experience, including three Champions League titles.

Alaba’s undeniable quality and experience could potentially lead to Maguire’s departure, even though he may not be a direct youthful replacement for the Englishman.

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